Now keep in touch with your friends within your area through the new Latitude feature of Google Maps
The Google Maps team has rolled out the all new Latitude feature for sharing user location with friends and family. Apart for sharing location, users can keep in touch with their friends and family through SMS, Google Talk, Gmail, or updating status messages. One can go to www.google.com/latitude on the desktop or cell phone to download the application and start sharing his/her location.
Google Latitude is available on Symbian 60 based phones, iPhone-iPod Touch, Blackberry phones and Android based phones. For desktops, the Latitude gets an added iGoogle page.
Location-aware services are certainly going main stream with a plethora of mobile computers, cell phones and other handhelds bearing GPS-capabilities. To access Google Maps' new Latitude feature, the user will have to invite friends, and on acceptance of the invitation, those who are in close neighborhood will be visible. Users can also upload and send photos on the fly. Note that all these functions are data network intensive and might lag on slower connections.
Google has taken care of what is the prime concern for any user - privacy. Location once shared can be masked by hiding from individual contacts or all contacts at once. Google also offers an option to turn off the Latitude option completely whenever the user wants.
We found this feature cool and smart when experienced on Nokia E63 over WiFi.
If you wish to see how the feature works, check out this video: